Friday, March 18, 2016

American Soybean Association opposes cuts to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

The American Soybean Association (ASA) is lobbying against proposed cuts in the House budget bill to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps that would transition SNAP "to a block grant-based system administered at the state level," states an ASA press release. ASA said it opposes the proposal "based on its longstanding opposition to reopening of the farm bill and policy opposing the separation of the nutrition and agriculture components of the bill."

ASA president Richard Wilkins said in a statement: "When we talk about maintaining the integrity of programs authorized in the farm bill, we mean all of the programs in the farm bill, including SNAP. As a policy organization, we encourage the regular evaluation of programs to determine how they can be most effective. But as producers of the nation's food, we can't support a proposal that would weaken the ability of Americans in the most need to buy that food. As we approach discussions on the next Farm Bill, we need to stand together as a food community. This partnership is critically important for those of us in production agriculture, since only 60 or 70 members of the House identify themselves as representing rural districts. We must ensure that nutrition and farm programs stay united, and the decades -old link between the people who grow the nation's food and the people in need of help to put it on their family tables is preserved." (Read more)

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